LHYC.org                                                                                                                              March 2006

Mission Statement:


The objects of the Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club shall be to encourage and promote interest in, as well as to foster the art and enjoyment of, the sport of sailing by providing the opportunity and means for the development of individual skill and knowledge, encouraging excellence in seamanship and navigation, and by providing participative events wherein these qualities can be exercised under the aegis of the LHYC burgee.




In the news…


The following link will take you to Premiere Racing events for 2006 and their highlights and results. We have several members traveling and it’s always fun to see how we stack up against the competition. http://www.premiere-racing.com/keywest06/pages/KW06_regatta_list.htm#3 


St. Petersburg NOOD 2006 February

John Storck Jr. and his team on their J/80 Rumor was the first overall champion of the nine-event 2006 NOOD circuit. The overall champ receives an invitation—and complimentary Sunsail 39-foot charter boat—to participate in the 2006 Lands' End NOOD Caribbean Regatta, which will take place in the British Virgin Islands in November.

"We have a very good crew," said Storck Jr. "We've sailed together for a long time." John Storck Jr. brings the experience while the next generation, including son Eric, nephew Bobby, daughter Kaity, and family friend Leigh Kempton provide the youthful enthusiasm. It proved an unbeatable combination in the 11-boat class as they won all three races and finished with a 6-point lead over second.

"When we first got out there [on Saturday] we did some sailing to figure out where to go," said Storck Jr. "In the first race we wanted to go right, but as the day went on the breeze backed and we went left in the next races. The current also let up as the day went on so there was less foul current on the left side of the course."

Storck Jr. added that his team's experience with the 26-foot keelboat proved invaluable, especially when it came to setting up the double-spreader rig. "It's amazing how [rig tune] seems to be more critical in light air," he said. "If you have the lower and intermediate [diagonal shrouds] too tight you just don't go."

The victory came on the heels of a second-place finish in Acura Key West Race Week a month ago. Last year, Storck Jr. said, they didn't do the St. Pete NOOD after Key West, but decided to tow the boat home to Western Long Island Sound. In Virginia, during the brutal snowstorm that hit the weekend after Key West, the boat flipped over and sustained heavy damage. Storck Jr had it rebuilt last year and was happy to see it hasn't lost a step. "The rule now," he added, "is we do the St. Pete NOOD to keep us off the road going north in January."


Look for more from this crew at Charleston Race Week in April!




St. Maarten Heineken Regatta March 2006


Sunday dawned, for some anyway, with clear blue skies and a distinct lack of wind. Those who didn’t quite make it to watch the sun rise over the Caribbean Sea missed the glorious sight of the birth of a new day, but in the full measure of time those stayabeds proved to have the last laugh. The problem then was that the wind gods went on holiday. Aeolus, Fujin, Vayu and especially Hanuman, the son of the wind gods, they were all off at the beach with their buckets and spades and didn’t want to be disturbed. After all, it was a Sunday. .

 With Long Island Sound like conditions Team Pied Piper found themselves in 4th place after two days at Heineken Race Week only 1 point out of 2nd place.  Unfortunately for them, day three was cancelled due to lack of wind.  Ugh!



Frostbiting Wrap-up March 2006


The onset of spring means that frostbiting is rapidly coming to a close.  Although we had a mild winter overall, the Centerport JY Fleet 104 spring series suffered from a few no wind days, a few days of temperatures in the 20’s and some howlers that prevented the dozen or so sailors from racing.  On March 19, with small craft advisories in the forecast, five boats ventured out to race in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Regatta, which also counts for the spring series.  With blustery winds out of the west, northwest, only one race was held; the five intrepid boats were afforded some of the fastest runs ever seen on the JY, that is of you caught the wave just right and didn’t manage to flip in the rolling conditions.  CYC sailor Brian Simkins won the race, and was followed by Roy Sherman, who managed to pass Rich Rubel at the leeward mark and squeak out second by a few seconds at the pin end of the finish.  Fleet Capt. Joe Scarpulla and Commodore Leigh Sterflinger ended in fourth.  Shortly after the race, with winds building, a few capsizes in the fleet sealed our fate to end the day prematurely.   There is one more Sunday in March left for frostbiting, and this group of hearty souls is seeking to end on a high note of cool breezes and hot competition. 


Which takes us into Spring…


As the sun gets higher in the sky and the days get longer we yearn for the sailing season on the horizon, before we know it the racing season will be upon us.

Check the enclosed schedule for our Spring Racing highlights.

Talk it up – bring out some additional competitors!



On the calendar…



YRALIS with LHYC and HYC are hosting Pat Healy on Wednesday March 22 – see flyer

Pat served as head coach of the U. S. Naval Academy Dinghy Sailing Team from 1976 until 1981.  In ’81 Pat became the Canadian National Sailing Coach.  Under his leadership Canada won five Olympic medals in the ’84, ’88 and 92 and twenty-two Pan American medals in ’81, ’83 and ’87.  Pat left coaching to run the Louis Vuitton Cup for the 1995 AMERICA’s CUP.  He has been the marketing director for the Commanders’ Weather Corporation, a private weather forecasting company supporting racing and cruising boats worldwide.


JWorld is coming to the Northport Yacht Club March 25, 2006 for a 6 hour seminar covering intermediate and advanced racing tactics. Check here or our website for details to come.


The YRA is also helping us prepare for the Newport Bermuda race and anyone else that might be going off shore.  The biannual Safety at Sea seminar will be held on 4/8/06 and 4/9/06.  It will be at he Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy and more details on this can also be seen at their web site www.yralis.org.



Mark Washeim Thursday April 20 at Halesite Fire House – check website for further details


North U. has seminars on Rules & Tactics, Wind & Strategy, Cruising, & Weather check www.NorthU.com for details and dates.


NEW MEMBERS COCKTAIL PARTY - at the Commodore’s Home Saturday April 22nd 1730-2100 Rumor has it there may be some very long standing members in attendance.
Let’s try to set new records of attendance for this wonderful event. Invitations to follow.





The planning for the annual Sail for the Cure has begun. We are looking for volunteers to help in the planning, donation collection, and running of the race and party. This event raises funds for the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. If you are interesting in being a part of this very successful event, there is a meeting on Wednesday March 29th   at 7:30 at Huntington Yacht Club. Please call or email me if you have any questions – 631-757-0799.


It is will great sadness that we announce the passing of Bob and John Storck’s mother Lois and send our sympathies to Bob, John and their families.


On February 8th Masthead Cove YC held a briefing on the Broadwater Project by Ken Lotterhos to inform as to the ramifications of this project to our community and surrounding waters. The slideshow can be downloaded at http://www.mastheadcoveyc.org/Broadwater-020806.ppt



We would like to reinstitute the list of yacht club children within the roster. Unfortunately we have lost much of that information. If you would like us to include your child/children please send me a note with their name and birth year. This is a great way to find other members with kids of the same age to coordinate events and encourage participation.


If you are not receiving emails from us or would like to change your email please alert me at commodore@LHYC.org. Although we attempt to get all news out in Telltales there are occasional needs for short notice bulletins.


Have news, a story, or a photo you would like included next month please send it on. – As this is our 40th Anniversary as well, if you come across old stories or photos I have the technology to get those published as well.


Proud to be at the helm,

Leigh Sterflinger

LHYC Commodore




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